US President appoints 9-member delegation Ahead of Tinubu’s inauguration
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US President Appoints 9-member Delegation Ahead of Tinubu’s Inauguration

Joe Biden, the president of the United States has appointed a delegation ahead of the inauguration of Nigeria President-elect, Bola Tinubu. 

The delegated members will attend the event on his behalf on the 29th May, 2023.

This development was made public in an official statement titled, ‘President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu’, issued by the White House on Monday, May 22, 2023.

The statement reads that a 9-member presidential delegation will be led by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia L. Fudge.

The White House in the statement said, ‘’President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29, 2023, in Abuja, Nigeria.

The assigned members of the presidential delegation

The assigned members expected to grace the occasion are Mr. David Greene, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Abuja, the Honorable Sydney Kamlager-Dove, United States Representative (D), California, the Honorable Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, General Michael E. Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, the Honorable Enoh T. Ebong, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Also, the Honorable Judd Devermont, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council, the Honorable Monde Muyangwa, and Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development will be in attendance.

Additional top representatives 

Representatives of Nigeria’s traditional allies such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, China, Germany, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Israel, Turkey and several others are expected at the high-profile event.

What you should know about the upcoming inauguration

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Council (APC), will be sworn in as the 16th President of Nigeria on May 29, 2023, at Eagle Square, Abuja. 

The event has a minimum of 65 world leaders being invited to the inauguration. 

The inauguration programme is expected to commence on Thursday with the investiture of the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and the Vice-President-elect and former governor of Borno Kashim Shettima, as the Grand Commander of Order of the Niger (GCON).

Events lined up for the day

The inauguration has a host of events programmed for which includes a lecture titled ‘Deepening Democracy for Integration and Development’ that would be delivered by former president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, on May 27.

Also there is a regimental Dinner in honour of the Commander-in-Chief at the Armed Forces Officers Mess slated for Tuesday, May 23 as well as the Valedictory Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Council Chambers inside the Presidential Villa on May 24. 

Other activities include the Public Lecture and Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque on May 26, Children’s Day Parade and Party on May 27, and an Inter-denominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre on May 28.

The Inauguration Dinner/Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre is billed for May 28 while the inauguration/swearing-in of the president-elect and the vice president-elect will take place on May 29 accompanied by an inauguration parade at the Eagle Square.

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